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Edenderry Heritage Trail

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After months of hard work and waiting the Edenderry Heritage Trail and Audio Guide will soon be launched. Check back here for updates.
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There will be an exciting development for the town of Edenderry in the coming weeks with the launch of the Edenderry Audio Guide & Heritage Trail.
Designed by Abarta Heritage (see http://www.abartaheritage.ie ), the Audio Guide is a joint venture between the Edenderry Historical Society, Edenderry Tidy Towns and Edenderry Lions Club. The project has also received funding from the Heritage Council. Through fourteen audio tracks you will be guided through the town of Edenderry reliving the history behind many of the buildings and important moments in the towns history. The audio tracks will be added shortly.

In addition, new historical information plaques with QR codes will bring more information to the reader. This information can be found under the various headings on our homepage under 'Pages'
‘This project has been funded by The Heritage Council’

Sporting Edenderry

On October 27th at 8pm in the Parish Centre, Edenderry Historical Society will host a lecture,  'Sporting Edenderry: A history of sport in the town 1800-2000' by Dr. Ciaran Reilly.



This talk will be a fundraising event for the society, so we encourage everyone to come along and to share this event with anyone you think may be interested.


Feel free to nominate your favourite sporting memory or local sportstar in the comment in advance. What do you remember as a sporting highlight over the years?




The talk will highlight some of the lesser known aspects of sporting history in Edenderry. For example, which Edenderry Club celebrates its 55th birthday next month? Who was the Edenderry cyclist who made headlines in 1898 when he cycled 180 miles in 12 hours to be crowned Irish champion? Who was the Edenderry rugby player capped four times for Ireland in the 1920s? Just what were the Edenderry hurlers at in Nenagh in 1906 when they played the game on bicycles? There will even be a me…

Coming Soon: Edenderry Audio Guide & Heritage Trail

There will be an exciting development for the town of Edenderry in the coming weeks with the launch of the Edenderry Audio Guide & Heritage Trail. Designed by Abarta Heritage (see http://www.abartaheritage.ie ), the Audio Guide is a joint venture between the Edenderry Historical Society, Edenderry Tidy Towns and Edenderry Lions Club. The project has also received funding from the Heritage Council. Through fourteen audio tracks you will be guided through the town of Edenderry reliving the history behind many of the buildings and important moments in the towns history. In addition, new historical information plaques with QR codes will bring more information to the reader. Watch this space!

Guinness and the Carbury Connection

Today marks the 292th anniversary of the birth of Arthur Guinness (1725-1803). Born in Leixlip , Guinness established his first brewery there before signing a 9,000 year lease in 1759 for what is now St James Gate, Dublin. But a little known fact is that Arthur Guinness’ mother in law, Mary Whitmore (nee Grattan) was born and reared in Clonmeen, Carbury! She was the daughter of John Grattan & Martha Mason. So the next time you raise a glass of the black stuff- remember the Carbury connection!!




The Civil War in Edenderry, 1922

An interesting document in the Bureau of Military History compiled during the Irish Civil War, 1922-23, lists the names of the Free State Troops who were present in the Edenderry Barracks (the former workhouse) on the night of 12-13 November 1922. In the first few months of the Civil War, from the end of June until the beginning of September 1922, the Edenderry workhouse was attacked six times by the Anti-Treaty IRA. CiarĂ¡n Reilly writes that of the 120 stationed in Edenderry barracks during the Civil War, thirty-three were from Edenderry. He has identified his great-grandfather, William McEvoy as one of them. Can you identify any of your own ancestors?

An Edenderry man in Australia

With the hundreds of people from the Edenderry area who have now made Australia their home over the last few years I wonder has any of them ever heard of Arthur Murray or indeed have they ventured to Cunnamulla near Brisbane? Below is a newspaper clipping from the The Queenslander, newspaper on18 May 1933 which announced the death of Edenderry native Murray.




Passing of the Pioneer Dr. A. H. Murray: The news of the death of Dr. Arthur Hill Murray, of Nulbear, Cunnamulla which occurred at a private hospital in Brisbane on May 4, was received with regret by a wide circle of friends and business acquaintances in Brisbane and the South-western districts of Queensland. The late Dr. Murray was born at Edenderry, King's County (Ireland) about 74 years ago. He arrived In Sydney in 1880, and four years later was appointed medical officer of the Cunnamulla District Hospital.



The late Dr. Murray rendered 35 years of valuable service in that position before retiring in 1919 to follow pastoral …